The Red Equal Sign?


When I logged into Facebook this morning I had no clue why this little red icon was taking over my newsfeed. After some research I realized the Supreme Court is deliberating California’s Proposition 8, which bans the right for same-sex couples to marry. The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, has been promoting this icon to mobilize supporters on social media. I realized this tiny act of changing a profile picture was sending a message to all Facebook users and it really goes a long way by educating others. For example, since actor George Takei changed his profile picture to the red equal sign, the post has received more than 40,000 likes from fans. On Twitter, “Supreme Court” ranks in the top ten in the worlds trending list. I would have never known  marriage equality was being brought up today if it wasn’t for Facebook. Thanks to this icon I am now aware and have been following the updates on CNN. 




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